Ecosystem Restoration Seasonal

Powder Basin Watershed Council

Baker City

Job Type: Full Time (Seasonal)

Salary: $18.00/hr + paid federal holidays

Start / End Dates: May 15, 2024 - September 15, 2024

The Powder Basin Watershed Council (PBWC) in Baker City, Oregon, seeks a full-time, Ecosystem Restoration Seasonal. The Seasonal will work with enthusiastic and experienced PBWC and partner organization staff to implement and monitor ecosystem restoration projects and monitor aquatic ecosystems throughout PBWCs geographic scope. Partner organizations include the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Baker Resources Coalition and Burnt River Irrigation District. The field of work is located within a diverse array of northeastern Oregon ecosystems ranging from the Snake River Canyon (Hells Canyon) to the nearly 10,000-foot peaks of the Wallowa Mountains with vast coniferous forest and sagebrush ecosystems in between. The 2024 work will focus on restoring two wet meadow ecosystems along tributaries of the North Fork Burnt River by implementing low-tech processed-based restoration techniques (beaver mimicry). Ecosystem monitoring will include pre and post project environmental monitoring, and basin-wide water quality and macroinvertebrate monitoring. We are offering this position as a four month (May 15 – September 15) seasonal opportunity, but fully open to considering a shorter duration of employment. Employment duration can also be extended depending on employee performance and organizational need. For full position description, please visit our website:

To apply: Email a single PDF file (titled with your last name) to Madison O’Bryant at with cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references.

Wage and Benefits: The offered wage is $18/hour. Benefits for this position include paid federal holidays.

The position is open until filled.

Interview process: Candidates can expect a panel interview via Zoom Meeting.

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Madison O’Bryant at 541-523-7288 or

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

  • Working toward a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field (such as environmental sciences, water resources, or related natural resources management field), plus one season of related work experience.

  • Ability to work safely in a variety of outdoor conditions, including rugged and/or slippery terrain, active stream channels, construction sites, inclement weather, and exposure to insects/ wildlife.

  • Ability to lift and carry material up to 50 pounds, walk up to a mile at a time and navigate via GPS, maps and aerial photos.

  • Experience managing and collecting field data, both written and electronic.

  • The ability to effectively work with and lead youth workers.

  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and ability to learn new computer applications.

  • Understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and their use in natural resource management.

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time to complete computer work and function in an office environment.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of valid automobile insurance, and have access to a personal vehicle appropriate to access field locations located near maintained roads.

  • The position will require the use of a personal vehicle, with expenses for work-related travel reimbursed at the state rate ($0.67/mile for 2024).

Experience Level: One season of related work experience (approximately 4-6 months of experience).

Housing: Contact for more information


Madison O'Bryant


Application Closes: Open until filled

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